Learning that his days are numbered, sixty-year-old Vasile Carturan sets about putting his affairs in order and providing for the future of his orphaned grandson, a teenager who is in his care. Nothing turns out to be simple, however, and every step presents a challenge for him. All the more so because he also intends to hold a funeral banquet while he is still alive, as tradition dictates, a plan opposed by the village priest. But Carturan has no intention of giving way.

Director’s biography

Liviu was born in 1972. He graduated the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” Bucharest with a degree in Film Directing. In 2012, Mandragora produced his first short film, The Cement Mixer, which was selected at more than twenty international film festivals. Cărturan, Liviu’s first feature film, was also produced by Mandragora with the help of the Romanian National Film Centre.

Festivals and awards

Busan International Film Festival 2019
Warsaw International Film Festival 2019


Carturan (fic.)
Director: Liviu Sandulescu
Country: Romania, Sweden
Year: 2019
Runtime: 90′
Language: Romanian, Italian
Cast: Teodor Corban, Dana Dogaru, Cristina Flutur
Production: Mandragora, Doppelganger, Film i Väst
Balkan Horizons